Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Tips on Avoiding Stress

Avoiding stress and depression

  • Do not get mad at yourself
  • Be organized and prepared
  • Make time for fun
  • Make time for relaxing
  • Exercise
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Stay positive
  • Go to sleep at a regular time
  • Plan your time ahead
  • Be around people who make you feel happy
  • Be around people who you can talk to about your feelings
  • Stay away from people or situations that make you feel stressed

Managing depression

  • Exercise/yoga/meditation
  • Eat healthy
  • Relax
  • Use support systems (friends, family, advisors, counselors)
  • Medication
  • Counselling/therapy
  • Be social (go out and do fun things with your friends)
  • Don’t use drugs and alcohol — they will make you feel worse
  • Get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors
  • Try to think about the good things in your life

Dealing with homesickness

  • Stay busy
  • Meet new people/ Make new friends
  • Set goals to meet while you are in Canada
  • Join clubs to meet people
  • Balance time spent talking with family and friends at home with time spent talking with people in Canada
  • Do not spend all of your time in your bedroom or the computer lab
  • Try the open door policy (Leave your door to your room open sometimes to let people know that you are there to talk)
  • Be confident in yourself
  • Stay positive and open to new things
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